Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology
Laura López-Sanders is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining UNC, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Post-doctoral Scholar in Health Policy Research at UC Berkeley, where she researched access to and utilization of health services for unauthorized immigrant populations. Dr. López-Sanders holds an M.Ed. in International Education Policy from Harvard University, an M.A. in Social Sciences and Education from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford. Her primary research interests are in the fields of immigration, social inequality, and race and ethnic relations. Her research includes a study of immigrant integration in regions undergoing rapid demographic change, an analysis of the processes and mechanisms that influence the transition from a two-group (i.e., black and white) to a three group (i.e., black-white-Latino) racial system, and an investigation of racial competition before and after the Great Recession. Her research has received awards from the American Sociological Association and from the National Science Foundation and has been published in the Latino Studies and the American Behavioral Scientist journals. She is currently working on a book that examines the influence of intermediaries on the integration of unauthorized Latina/o immigrants in new immigrant gateways.